Megan Christenson

As a recovering entrepreneur, turned Marketing Manager for the Civic Accelerator, I love working and connecting with social entrepreneurs and startups. I also enjoy running, coffee and talking all things vegan.

Points of Light Civic Accelerator Launches Fall 2016 Cohort, Focused on Educational and Workforce Success for Detroit Area Youth

With founding partner PwC Charitable Foundation, along with the Ford Motor Company Fund, Hilton Worldwide, Dentons, and Singing for Change, the Points of Light Civic Accelerator invests in 15 ventures addressing disconnected youth ATLANTA, September 22, 2016 – The Points of Light Civic Accelerator – the first national accelerator dedicated to investing in civic ventures – […]

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Detroit: Future home of “You Can” Land

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Known historically as a city of innovators and creatives, the recent Detroit narrative is shadowed by bankruptcy, blight, and a struggling labor market. At 30%, Detroit’s rate of youth unemployment is the highest in the nation. The Fall 2016 Civic Accelerator program is designed to address this very issue, and represents our first initiative focused on […]

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Entrepreneurs: Here’s How to Nail Your Startup Accelerator Application

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Note from Megan: It’s that time of year again for the Civic Accelerator.  Back by popular demand, we dug up our Application Tips and Tricks Post from Cohort 4 and added a few additional examples and insights.  Enjoy! For many startup accelerator programs, the written application is your first and only chance to prove why your venture deserves […]

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2015 CivicX Year in Review

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The Civic Accelerator had a great 2015.  We graduated our 6th cohort of social entrepreneurs scaling solutions benefiting women and girls, published our first 3-year impact report, launched a new website, and piloted Rapid Innovation Summits to support a broader audience of social innovators.   With too many successes to highlight, our team took a look back on the year to celebrate […]

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Rev it up to 88 mph: Shaping the year 2045, today.

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Let’s go back, to the future. On Wednesday, October 21, the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service closed out their 3 days with a focus on Future Forward, painting a picture of what the future of volunteerism might look like and more importantly, how we can get there. Civic Accelerator alum and founder of Civic Creatives, […]

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There’s an app for that

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What’s your most personal possession? For a social entrepreneur, their smartphone can often take form of a growth on their hand rather than a piece of technology, giving a new meaning to the phrase, “glued at the hip.” But what is that keeps them so occupied? What are they looking at, tapping and typing? We […]

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DIY Marketing Toolkits

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It is widely known that the social enterprise and broader startup communities are highly competitive. Yet, over the past several years we’ve witnessed the culture of solidarity among entrepreneurs and those who support them. Whether you’re a local social enterprise or a fast-growing national nonprofit, your peers and supporters want to help. In fact, people […]

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Get to Know Innovate Houston [Webinar]

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Join our innovation experts as they host a FREE informational webinar on Thursday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Attendees will learn how innovation and design thinking best practices can help solve their organization’s toughest challenges. Our experts will go over what attendees can expect from the 2 day workshop in a conversational and casual atmosphere. Bring your problems, projects and challenges to […]

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Atlanta to Host National Pitch Contest Looking for Ideas that use Hip-Hop as a Vehicle for Social Justice

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The Center for Civic Innovation [Spring 2014 Alumni], has teamed up with the A3C Festival and Conference to launch a competition for ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement in underserved communities in the United States. I recently caught up with Rohit Malhotra, founder of […]

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